Rinehardt Injury Attorneys - March 2022

MARCH 2022

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ROAD TRIPPIN’

What Happens When Anxiety Interferes? When we represent clients who have been in car crashes, the obvious focus is on the bodily injuries the person suffered. But something else we hear time and time again is something not as obvious — many of our clients tell us about anxiety and fear when driving that they never experienced before. They describe symptoms like a panic attack: a pounding or racing heart, sweating, chills, weakness, and dizziness. Many say the enjoyment they previously took in driving is now gone. The scenery was unspectacular, and we got bored after about an hour. We got as far as Erie, Pennsylvania, where we stopped at the tiny airport and got a bite to eat. She determined road trips in Ohio were not nearly as fun as California, so we drove back home. It has been quite some time since I took a long road trip.

Recently, our son Aaron moved back to Ohio from Florida. I volunteered to drive with him and his dog Quinn. With the car packed to the gills and a bunch of snacks, we took off. I tried to be positive, but I was secretly (or not so secretly) dreading the drive. Maybe it was because my expectations were so low, but the drive was not nearly as bad as I feared. We listened to music and a book on tape, and we talked.

The ability to get in the car and drive is something many of us take for granted. While I have never been a person who loves a road trip, I appreciate being able to get where I want to go. As a kid, every spring when the snow finally melted, my family took a six-hour drive to upstate New York to visit my grandma in Utica. We would pack up the trunk with our luggage, and my brother, sister, and I would pile into the back seat of our sedan. We didn’t wear seat belts back then, and I often slept on the back window ledge above the back seat. (I shudder to think of it now). My parents packed only healthy snacks, and my mom would read aloud from a novel to my dad. A short way in, I would begin to ask, “Are we almost there?” It was such a relief to get to my grandma’s house, where there were always chocolate chip cookies and homemade chicken soup. The way home seemed twice as long, except at least we had sweets my grandma packed for us. For two weeks after the trip, the car smelled faintly of rotten banana peels. I first heard the expression “road trip” when I was in high school. I had befriended a girl who came from Los Angeles to live with her dad for a year. She was a “cool girl” who wore vintage dresses she bought at thrift shops. She told me about the road trips she and her friends took in California to the desert, the beach, or the mountains, music blaring in someone’s convertible. It all sounded very glamorous. We hung out every day after school at her dad’s house. One afternoon, she said, “Let’s take a road trip.” We got in the car and started driving north on 271.

Aaron, Quinn, and Hillary on the road trip from Florida to Ohio

Most of our clients who experience intense anxiety after being in a crash find that the apprehension dissipates with time and travel. If you are having that kind of anxiety when driving, know you are not alone and that it will get better. If you are lucky enough to take a road trip with loved ones this spring, may it be safe with plenty of good conversation, laughter, and connection.

- Hillary

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SPRING FEVER ENJOY WARM WEATHER WHILE STUCK INDOORS

Try working outside. If your boss will allow it, there’s probably some opportunity to do a bit of work outdoors. Meetings and conference calls might offer your best option. For in-person meetings, your coworkers will also likely relish a chance to take it outdoors. In the event of a conference call, you won’t need to convince anyone else — grab your laptop and go! It’s not the same as enjoying the weather while you’re off the clock, but it’s a lot better than being cooped up inside. With any luck, these tips will help you make it to Friday with your sanity intact. And luckily, the weekend is always just around the corner.

The weather is warming up, the sun is out — and you’re trapped inside. Most of us have jobs that leave us stuck indoors during spring’s prime midday hours, and it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on the season’s best parts. Unfortunately, your boss probably won’t give you the day off just because of the gorgeous weather. So, we’ve compiled the next best thing — some tips to enjoy the season as much as you can while also getting your job done. Bring the outdoors in. When the weather is nice, open as many curtains and blinds as possible. The natural light will warm up the room and brighten your mood. While

you’re at it, try opening the windows and positioning yourself near one. If you can’t be outside, the spring breeze on your face is the next best thing. Plants decrease stress, and having them on your desk might also trick your brain into feeling less cooped up. Take a break. You’ve still got to work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a few minutes outdoors. Use your break for an outdoor stroll; if possible, you can also walk or bike to work. At the very least, park farther away to give yourself time to enjoy the weather. Volunteer to do a coffee run, pick up lunch, or take out the mail — you’ll be an office hero while catching some rays at the same time.

INSPIRATION CORNER Corisa Welch, Part of the Solution Our former client and forever friend Corisa Welch is a real-life superwoman! Corisa is a single mom who works full time as a claim’s specialist at the Social Security Administration. While raising and supporting her family, she went back to school at night and on the weekends and obtained her master’s degree in business administration and now also teaches classes as an adjunct professor at North Central State College.

On top of it all, Corisa started her own business, Auction Ohio. Auction Ohio conducts more than 1,800 liquidations each year via online auctions.

One of Corisa’s favorite quotes is by Eldridge Cleaver: “You are either part of the solution, or you’re part of the problem.”

Corisa feels that in life there are many choices we can make that can effect change for the better. When faced with a challenge, instead of complaining, Corisa comes up with creative solutions to the problem. We are inspired by Corisa’s positive energy and attitude!

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The short days and cold nights this winter were good for one thing — binge-watching. Here’s what the team at Rinehardt Injury Attorneys is watching. John and Hillary: “Ted Lasso” — “We like it because the episodes are short, it is light and funny, and it has great characters and clever dialogue.” Rachel: “Saturday Night Live” — “I have been watching ‘Saturday Night Live’ since I was in high school. I continue to laugh along with the cast, characters, and celebrity hosts and musical guests.” Melanie: “Cobra Kai” on Netflix — “The sequel to the old ‘Karate Kid’ movies from the 1980s. It’s a fun blast from the past as well as an effective stress reliever, with lots of humor and relatable moments.” Emma: “Modern Family” — “I love watching this show because it reminds me of my own family. Thankfully, my family is a little less dramatic. It is also really funny! My favorite episodes are the Halloween episodes.” Faith: “Fairly Legal” —”A show about a litigator frustrated with the endless bureaucracy and daily injustices of the system, who takes a hard left to become what she perceives as the ultimate anti‑lawyer: a mediator.” What Are We Watching?

This recipe is a Rinehardt household staple. It uses toasted walnuts instead of traditional pine nuts, which give it a nice earthy flavor. The arugula is peppery and keeps the pesto a nice bright green. We use it on pizza, pasta, and salmon. A spoonful adds a burst of flavor to vegetable soup and is a great condiment for a burger. It will keep in the refrigerator for a week, and it also freezes well. Basil Arugula Pesto

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cloves garlic • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts • 2 cups packed basil leaves, or to taste • 2 cups packed arugula • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste • 1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Barb: “Secrets of the Zoo” — “It’s nice to see how much the zookeepers love the animals and would do anything for them, just like I would.” Stephanie: “The Voice” — “I like it because I love to see undiscovered talent get the recognition that they deserve. Plus, Kelly Clarkson is hilarious!”

DIRECTIONS

1. With the food processor running, add garlic cloves through the feed tube. 2. Turn off and add the walnuts, basil, arugula, and salt to the bowl. 3. Pulse 10–15 times to roughly chop and combine the ingredients. 4. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a steady stream. 5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 6. Add the cheese and pulse a few more times to combine.

Beth: “The Amazing Race” — “I like it because it takes me to places around the world I would like to visit one day. It also has that human element of teamwork, which contributes to the excitement of wondering who will win the various competitions and be the big winner for the night.” Carrie: “Dude Perfect” — “My 9-year-old son and I love to watch this show on YouTube. They are trick-shot artists and hilarious to watch. They have over 50 million subscribers. Our favorite videos are of ‘Dude Perfect Overtime,’ where they have about four different fun segments on the show. It’s a great family-friendly show to watch, no matter how old you are. I guarantee you would like it!”

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INSIDE THIS EDITION

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Driving Isn’t as Much Fun After an Accident

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Enjoy Spring Weather — Even FromWork

Corisa Welch, Part of the Solution

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What Are We Watching?

Basil Arugula Pesto

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Are You a Wordle Nerdle?

In recent weeks, a unique word game has taken the world by storm. Wordle is a free online daily game that gives a player six tries to guess a five-letter word. Several of us in the office play every day including John, Hillary, Melanie, Beth, and Patti. We like it because it is a quick mind-bender that combines logical reasoning with a little luck. An approach taken by many competitors is to start the game with a word with lots of vowels such as “adieu.” Once the word has been entered, Wordle turns each letter gray, yellow, or green. Gray means that the letter is not in the word, yellow means it’s a correct letter in the wrong place, and green means it’s the right letter in the right place. Through the process of elimination plus trial and error, players try to guess the five-letter word that turns every letter green once the correct word has been identified. The game was created by James Wardle, a British software engineer, as a gift for his partner, Palak Shah. In early February 2022, Wardle sold Wordle to The New York Times for a figure in the low seven digits. A new Wordle is generated at midnight every night and remains available online for 24 hours. The Wordle URL is NYTimes.com/games/wordle .

Are You a Wordle Nerdle?

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